Friday, November 28, 2008

Turkey Day Manchester Road Race

Pics from the 4.7 mile 2008 MRR:

Walking to the start of the race

Ciara doing her warm-up run

Ciara, Kourt, Alex and Me

Starting line

Start of the race (Pic by The Hartford Courant)

Alex & Ciara watching the race with Ron and Lynne

Shan's attempt at getting a pic of me during the race. This is why we need Auntie Lauren to go to the race and take pics. :)

David, Keith, Ciara, Me & Alex after the race

Fox news coverage

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Ciara!

Ciara is 3! Attached are a couple of video clips from her birthday party at the Lutz Children's museum followed by dinner at a Japanese hibachi grill.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ciara, who's our new President?

Lauren captured this video of Ciara:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

2008 Stone Cat RR

Yesterday morning was the Stone Cat 50 Mile Trail run in the Willowdale State Forest, in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Mark and I cruised up Friday night and met up with Keith at the race hotel in Danvers ,MA. While hanging out I informed Keith of his new nickname: The Mayor. Keith is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. Wherever he goes, he works the room, meeting new people and chatting with everyone. On the trail he’s encouraging and always going out of his way to give some positive words to fellow runners. Everyone knows Mayor Magnus!

Saturday morning the 4:30 AM wake up call got things underway.

4:30 AM at the Comfort Inn

We headed off to the race where we met up with Steve and his buddy Kevin at the registration area. We also saw Frank and Emmy and met their friends Hiro and Yuki. It was nice to chat with everyone as we looked forward to a great day of running.

Mark and Keith getting in the zone

Steve, Kevin and Mark

At 6:20 AM the race started. We (Mark, Keith, Kevin and I) headed out onto the trails and pretty quickly we got a reminder of how much single track trail there is on this course. The plan was to try and knock out each of the four, 12.5 mile laps in under 2:15. That would give us sub 9 hr race. We moved pretty aggressively on the first lap and Mark, Keith and I finished it together in 1:55.

As we headed out into lap 2, we we’re maintaining the same pace. A few miles in I realized a major bonking was awaiting me if I tried to keep that pace. I was already feeling some significant fatigue and it was very early in the race. I was getting worried that I ate too much of my kids Halloween candy!! This was starting to feel like it was going to be a long day! So I dropped back from Mark and Keith as they looked strong and kept on attacking the course. Now I was running alone and trying to find a comfortable rhythm. My bottle belt started to hurt my stomach. My mind was focused on how crappy I felt and I was in a definite funk. I was starting to doubt if I was going to make it to the end of this race… Wtf?! I tried to turn my thoughts to just making it to the end of the lap. I thought if I could just get through this lap, then I could get rid of the belt and go with a hand bottle and that would help my stomach out. I figured I could also grab my ipod and maybe some tunes could re-direct my focus away from my discomfort.

I finished lap 2 in 2:13 and then took a few minutes at the turn to get myself together. Towards the end of lap 2 Kevin caught up to me, so we headed out together for lap 3. We got into a nice steady pace and it definitely helped to run with him for awhile. No belt, tunes and some company was exactly what I needed to get back into doing another 25 miles. I plugged along and completed lap 3 in 2:22. After a couple minutes of refueling, I headed out for the fourth and final lap, 6 hours and 45 minutes into the race. I had to nail the last lap in under 2:15 in order to go sub 9:00. Ok let’s go for it. I headed up the long incline early in the lap at a good clip. It took a lot out of me. My breathing started to get out of control. I had to walk a bit to catch my breath. So I toned it down and figured I’d just try to keep moving steady and maybe pick it up in the second half of the lap. I tried to pick up the pace, but every time I did, it felt like I was redlining. I kept going as best I could and hung on to the finish. I couldn’t muster up a 2:15 final lap. It took me 2:33. I missed out on a sub 9 but I did manage a respectable 9:15 and took a ½ hour off my previous 50 mile PR and now have a new personal best time. I finished in 28th place out of about 150 runners. G.A.C. puts on a great race and the people are awesome. It’s a well supported event that’s lots of fun (except for the part of having to run for 9 hrs. J .) It was an excellent day and a great way to finish off the year of trail running!

How the other guys did:
Kevin finished his first 50 mile race impressively just under 9:40.
Keith rocked the course and went sub 9 with an 8:44! Awesome job brotha!
Steve kicked some butt and was just ahead of Keith.
And Mark attacked the course from start to finish and reached into his soul and pulled out an unbelievable race: 8:07! 10th place! Truly incredible. Remember we’re not runners, just a couple of guys who run…

Mark and I with the Stone Cat

Kevin and Steve chillin after the race

"The Mayor", myself and Mark sportin' the 50 mile finishers jackets

Mark, Frank, Keith and myself

Frank introduced me to Hiro and Yuki. Next month they will run the Hawaii marathon completing their quest for a marathon in all 50 states. Very cool. It’s only taken them a little over 4 years. Awesome and congratulations!

Hiro, myself and Yuki

Monday, November 3, 2008


The Princess and the Knight.